Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
Robert Lawlor

In biology, the fundamental role of geometry and proportion becomes even more evident when we consider the moment by moment, year by year, aeon by aeon, every atom of every molecule of both living and inorganic substances is being changed and replaced. Every one of us within the next five to seven years will have a completely new body, down to the very last atom. Amid this consistency of change, where can we find the basis for all that which appears consistent and stable? Biologically we may look to our ideas of genetic coding as the vehicle of replication and continuity, but this coding does not lie in the particular atoms – carbon, hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen – of which the gene substance (DNA) is composed; these are all also subject to continual change and replacement. Thus the carrier of continuity is not only the molecular composition of the DNA, but also its helix form. p. 4

Modern biology increasingly recognizes the importance of the form and the bonding relationships of the few substances which comprise the molecular body of living organisms. Plants, for example, can carry out the process of photosynthesis only because the carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and magnesium of the chlorophyll molecule are arranged in a complex twelvefold symmetrical pattern, rather like that of a daisy. It seems that the same constituents in any other arrangement cannot transform the radiant energy of light into life substance. In mythological thought, twelve most often occurs as the number of the universal mother of life, and so this twelvefold symbol is precise even to the molecular level. p. 4

It seems to be the basic assumption of traditional philosophies that human intellectual powers are for the purpose of accelerating our own evolution beyond the restraints of the biological determinism which binds all other living organisms. Methods such as yoga, meditation, concentration, the arts, the crafts, are psychophysical techniques to further this fundamental goal. The practice of Sacred Geometry is one of these essential techniques of self-development. p. 15

Ancient geometry begins with One, while modern mathematics and geometry begin with zero. p. 16

The earliest mention of “zero” is the 8th century CE? Check Mathematics dictionary. Continued on page 18 is the notion that earlier “zeroes” were placeholders only and did not stand as numbers themselves with “empty” values. p. 17

Two cannot come from two ones, but rather from the separation of the One into two. p. 23

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